The former Elliott Bay Books space at the corner of First and Main in Pioneer Square is getting a makeover and will become Axis Pioneer Square. Tamara Murphy's old Elliott Bay Cafe occupied the basement level of the bookstore.
The developers are the owners of Urban Light Studios in Greenwood, Kevin and Julie Law. An official opening is expected in early July. While the basement space has a full kitchen, the new tenants will build a small catering kitchen upstairs for special events.
Axis is going into the southern bay of the old Elliott Bay Books space in the Globe Building. The Urban Light blog says "the 122-year-old, 6,000-square-foot space [will turn] into an axis point for history, art, culture, photography and events." The space will run without obstruction from First Avenue to Nord Alley, and will include a storefront gallery.
After Elliott Bay Books moved from Pioneer Square to Capitol Hill, the cafe on the lower level continued to operate as a wine bar and event space under Tamara Murphy's ownership. But when Murphy opened Terra Plata next to the Melrose Market, she left EBC behind.